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EU Tourism Halved in 2020 EU Tourism Halved in 2020

EU Tourism Halved in 2020

In 2020, tourism was among the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the travel restrictions as well as other precautionary measures taken in response. In 2020, the number of nights spent at European Union (EU) tourist accommodation establishments totalled 1,4 billion, down by 52 percent compared with 2019.

The number of nights spent in 2020 compared with the previous year decreased in all EU Member States. Cyprus, Greece and Malta were the most affected countries with drops exceeding 70 percent. At the other end of the scale, the Netherlands and Denmark reported drops of less than 35 percent.

 In 2020 compared with 2019, nights spent by non-residents of the country (foreign visitors) fell by 68 percent, while nights spent by residents (domestic visitors) fell by 38 percent.

 Among the EU countries, only residents of Slovenia (+33 percent), followed by Malta and Cyprus (both +15 percent) spent more tourism nights inside their own country compared with 2019. In contrast, Spain, Greece and Romania recorded the highest drops of more than 40 percent.

 The number of nights spent by foreign tourists in 2020 compared with the previous year decreased in all EU Member States where data is available, the largest decreases of more than 80 percent were observed in Cyprus and Romania.